“Bunk” and “There are other Islands” by Andrew Taylor

“Bunk” and “There are other Islands” by Andrew Taylor


The draught will remove
dampness from the wood

below the boards
the floor is earth

its colour determined
by tide and escape

dry by stacking in proximity
there are two copies available

candle behind glass behind guard
coffee table houses books

the plant needs watering
the music was recorded in Berlin

in a studio with cables hanging
under the bunk

There are other Islands

You’d think it was
      a cannibal

it’s not grandfather’s testimony

eyes of hope
     of rebellion

Mail truck rusted red
     drag through streets
in search

Millers Bridge gradient
     view from the town hall
upper floor

Belfast boat load
sidewalk promenade

riverside town
     coca-cola football radio


two hundred miles

 a platform a waiting room

behind the line

crowds animate
   Billy films

common licence
sound match perfect

I see the story unfold

Andrew Taylor is a Liverpool born, Nottingham based poet, editor and critic. His latest pamphlet ‘Air Vault’ was published in July 2016 by Oystercatcher Press. A compact disc of sound poetry and accompanying pamphlet, is forthcoming from zimZalla. His debut collection, ‘Radio Mast Horizon’ was published by Shearsman Books in 2013. Poems have appeared in places such as Datableed, Poetry Wales, Stride, The Goose and International Times. He is a co-editor at erbacce, erbacce-Press and M58, a blog of alternative poetries. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing and English at Nottingham Trent University (UK).


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